College In Four Years: Making Every Semester Count
by Granville M. Sawyer, Jr., Ph.D.
Every student imagines striding confidently across the commencement stage in just four years with diploma in hand and multiple job offers or letters of acceptance to graduate schools awaiting their response. College in Four Years: Making Every Semester Count is the Essential Guide to Graduating on Time with Better Grades and Less Stress for a Lot Less Money
This practical, easy to read guide takes students from freshman dreams to graduation reality by helping them make the most of their college experience. With the right preparation, information and motivation any student can successfully earn an undergraduate degree in four years. While appropriate for undergraduate students in all disciplines, College in Four Years, provides critical support for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The book is supportive of students who may arrive at an institution of higher learning without the tools that students who come from families with a college tradition have. College in Four Years is an excellent resource for preparing high school students for college, providing them with tools and techniques to internalize as they prepare for higher education.
College in Four Years Has Resources You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
Dr. Granville M. Sawyer, Jr, draws from his 30-plus years in higher education as an administrator and college professor for more than 10,000 students. He gives students extraordinary insider information that empowers and encourages them to graduate in four years with better grades and excellent job prospects. College In Four Years: Making Every Semester Count offers valuable lessons and insights that encourage students to master active learning strategies and techniques that enable and empower them to successfully navigate college. Written from the student’s perspective in short and focused chapters, ending with quick “Takeaways,” Dr. Sawyer employs narrative learning, similar to the way Aesop shared fables, to impart timely, practical advice that is critical to student success.
Less Stress Equals More Success
When a student falls behind in their classes, grades or credits – the stress of catching up, then keeping up, can derail a college career.College in Four Years offers resources to help students take control of their college experience by working smarter, not just harder.
Graduating in Four Years Saves Time and Money
Taking more than four years to graduate wastes time and financial resources and, increases the risk that a student will never graduate. Only 26 percent of students who started college this year will earn a degree in four years. Fifty-six percent will earn a degree after six years, costing 150 percent of four-year degree or $60,000 – $120,000 more in private school tuition or, $18,000 – $44,000 at a public institution. Add to that, two years of lost income and missed professional opportunities. College in Four Years equips students with essential tools to help them avoid wasting resources by taking six years to graduate.
College in Four Years is:
For Students Preparing to Go to College
Learn how to tap the wealth of resources and opportunities to get the most out of college. Arrive on campus knowing what to do now, and later, to ensure success.
For Current College Students
Access unique tools and tactics that help students, at any stage in their academic career, stay on top of degree requirements and make progress towards graduation.
For Parents and Stakeholders
Helps you prepare your student for the rigors of college and serves as a resource to help you help them succeed once they’re there.
Praise for College in Four Years
“In his thoughtful book, Dr. Sawyer addresses one of the most important issues in higher education today – keeping students in college and graduating them on time. It’s a must read for students preparing for college as well as those currently in college. It also gives parents/guardians, educators and other stakeholders a better understanding of how to help students make the most of their educational experience.”
-Dr. Rod Paige, United States Secretary of Education (2001 – 2005)
About the Author
For over three decades, at public and private colleges and universities, on campuses large and small,
Dr. Granville M. Sawyer, Jr, has helped more than 10,000 students successfully navigate college and beyond. He continues to enjoy every opportunity to teach, counsel, cajole and guide students as a professor of finance and director of the MBA Program at Bowie State University in Maryland.
Dr. Sawyer’s passion as an educator, mentor and motivator, is to ensure that any student who has the will to earn a college degree finds the support they need along the way. Learn More About Dr. Sawyer
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More About the Author
Dr. Granville M. Sawyer Jr. is a tenured Professor of Finance and Director of the Bowie State University MBA program. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, With Honors, from the University of Tennessee; a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and, a Ph.D. in Finance also from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sawyer has held academic and administrative positions at University of Tennessee, Drexel University and Seton Hall University and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Norfolk State University, Johnson C. Smith and now Bowie State University. He has served as a chair of management departments and as a college dean, responsible for six departments representing eight different academic disciplines. He also taught a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, from freshman seminar to advanced research classes, in several disciplines including finance, management and economics.
Dr. Sawyer was awarded a Nissan fellowship to the University of Chicago, and has consulted in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in the area of entrepreneurship. He has participated in international trade missions for the State of Maryland. He has participated on several performance and compensation review boards for the U.S. Department of State and USAID.
Dr. Sawyer is a former President of the South Orange-Maplewood, New Jersey Board of Education. He is a second generation educator, his father, Dr. Granville M. Sawyer, Sr., was president of Texas Southern University in Houston and a renowned innovator in the area of Urban Education.
College in Four Years Table of Contents
Part I: First Things First – Start With the Right Attitude
Chapter 1: Run With the Big Dogs
Chapter 2: Try Out a Major Before You Choose It
Chapter 3: Make Sure They Know You
Chapter 4: Know That Success Is Not Automatic
Chapter 5: Don’t Pay to Fail
Chapter 6: If They Ask You to Lie, Cheat or Steal – Don’t!
Chapter 7: Make Your Own Luck, Then Make Your Lifestyle
Part II: The Right Advice at the Right Time
Chapter 8: The Right Class at the Right Time
Chapter 9: It’s All Up to Your Advisor, Right?
Chapter 10: What to Do Today and Tomorrow
Part III: How to Use the Resources You Have
Chapter 11: Use You Textbook the Right Way
Chapter 12: Read the Textbook before Class
Chapter 13: You Can’t Study with a Study Group
Chapter 14: Know How to a Good Player and a Good Coach
Chapter 15: Good Players Talk to the Coach
Chapter 16: Know Your Grade before You Get It
Chapter 17: I Can Bring My Grade Point Average Up Later
Part IV: Knowing How to Learn
Chapter 18: See It Four Times
Chapter 19: How to Know When Your Answer Just Doesn’t Look Right
Chapter 20: Ask the Smartest Question You Can: “How Did I Know?”
Chapter 21: This is Why You Hate Word Problems
Chapter 22: You Need Your Own Outline
Chapter 23: PowerPoint Me in the Right Direction
Chapter 24: Use the Gut Check: It Will Always Tell You the Truth
Part V: There’s More To College Than a Degree
Chapter 25: You Have Time to Be Happy
Chapter 26: Be Liberal But Be Smart
Chapter 27: Know Why Wanting Can Be Better Than Having
Chapter 28: Money Comes Last
Chapter 29: College Is Just the Beginning
A Final Take on Takeaways
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